Today’s quote comes to us from Robert Johnson – among many other things, the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET).
Here is Mr. Johnson’s take on Joe Biden’s repulsive, racist comment that “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t Black”:
“VP Biden’s statement today represents the arrogant and out-of-touch attitude of a paternalistic white candidate who has the audacity to tell Black people, the descendants of slaves, that they are not Black unless they vote for him.
“This proves unequivocally that the Democratic nominee believes that Black people owe him their vote without question; even though, we as Black people know it is exactly the opposite. He should spend the rest of his campaign apologizing to every Black person he meets.”
Robert Johnson wins Quote Of The Day honors for stating the stark, plain truth about Joe Biden’s comment – not only its meaning (that voting for him defines whether Black people are really Black), but the condescending “look, I can talk just like you” stereotype of using the term “ain’t” – the equivalent of using an eastern European accent when talking to a Jew, or transposing the letters l and r when talking to someone of Chinese ancestry.
Thank you, Mr. Johnson. I hope as many people as possible heard you loud and clear.